Mayview site owners want to dig for coal
The owners of the former Mayview State Hospital property are again seeking permission to mine the coal remaining beneath part of the 158-acre campus, arguing before the South Fayette Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday night.
Duquesne Heights-based Aloe Brothers LLC is applying for permission to do what attorney William Sittig Jr. called “incidental mining” to remove the coal under the eastern 37 acres of the site before it is backfilled and redeveloped as an office park.
The zoning board turned down a similar request in March.
“It's quite unique in that there's a solid bed of coal beneath this 37-acre tract,” said landscape architect Steven Victor, testifying for the applicants. “It's too close to the surface to go in and do traditional deep mining.”
Victor and mining engineer Sean Isgan described the mining process, which would involve about two bulldozers, trucks and a front-end loader digging pits to remove the soil down to what Victor said is a 12-foot-thick portion of the Pittsburgh Seam.
Isgan noted that there would be some noise and vibrations from blasting, which would take place about twice a week. Each pit would be refilled with soil as crews moved to the next, leaving the site ready for development.
Sittig said that from the township's perspective, the coal removal would be covered under the developers' permit for grading the site, though they would have to file for a coal removal permit from the Department of Environmental Protection and abide by that agency's rules for protecting the surrounding woods and wetlands.
The site has been cleared of almost all the former hospital buildings. At the edge of South Fayette bordering Upper St. Clair, it is partially surrounded by South Fayette's Fairview Park and Upper St. Clair's Boyce Mayview Park.
Sittig said the township's zoning regulations for the site were improper, since its current business zoning was the only kind in the township that did not allow incidental coal removal.
About 30 people attended the meeting, The board voted to continue the hearing until Oct. 2.
Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or email@example.com.
Add Matthew Santoni to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pgh. International leader strives to inject Pittsburgh flavor into airport
- Owner of Penn Hills tombstone business pleads guilty to swindling the bereaved out of $90K
- Ramp projects across Western Pennsylvania to start this week
- Groups seek $2.5M for North Side’s historic West Park fountain
- Newsmaker: Janice Cherry
- Falling bricks close 2 Squirrel Hill businesses
- Fire reported at recycling facility in Braddock
- Shortfalls sabotage promise of union retirees’ pensions
- Brookline 12-year-old crashes mother’s car
- ‘Swing Night’ has feel of Prohibition-era dance hall
- Man shot in Hill District